There is potential for leadership changes in the Jupiler Pro League, Ligue 1 and La Liga, while Bayern Munich and Manchester United have opportunities to extend their respective Bundesliga title and Premier League top-four advantages.
As ever, all of the matches central to these plots are eligible for bwin.com’s £30 bonus for new customers:
Werder Bremen v FC Bayern Munchen
Werder Bremen have been the joint-best team in the Bundesliga in the second half of the season, tied on 16 points from seven games with FC Bayern Munchen and Wolfsburg, but they have a hideous recent head-to-head record against the champions.
It isn’t just that they have lost nine in a row against Pep Guardiola’s men and haven’t beaten them in 14 attempts, it’s the extent to which they get outclassed, being thrashed 6-1, 7-0, 5-2 and 6-0 in the past four clashes, with that 7-0 occurring at their own Weserstadion.
FC Bayern have scored at least three times in each of their last four 2014/15 Bundesliga fixtures too, rendering 17/20 an appealing price on them going there again.
RSC Anderlecht v AA Gent
This is the final weekend before the Jupiler Pro League Championship playoff phase commences and RSC Anderlecht will enter it as leaders if they justify 4/5 odds to beat AA Gent and Club Brugge drop points for the third successive away day at VC Westerlo.
The statistics suggest that Besnik Hasi’s side will not only win but win to nil at the generous price of 2/1. They have done so in each of their last four meetings with Gent, two of which occurred last month in their Cofidis Cup semi-final double header.
In total, the champions have won 17 of their 20 matches against Gent this decade, while they have kept seven home clean sheets in nine against all opponents.
Manchester United v Tottenham
There is a positive to Manchester United’s FA Cup exit against Arsenal: some of their best form this season came between September and December when the Premier League was their sole focus. They delivered ten wins, four draws and just two defeats from 16 games.
The Reds Devils are 5/6 to claim what would be a ninth home league victory in ten against a Tottenham squad who have mustered only one point from an available 12 away to top-six rivals.
Punters looking for heftier odds will be enticed by the 29/4 on the 2-1 home win. Twelve of Spurs’ last 20 Premier League encounters have finished 2-1 to one of the competitors, as have six of the hosts’ 13 collisions with top-half clubs.
Olympique de Marseille v Olympique Lyonnais
In case Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St-Germain didn’t get the message last week, Olympique de Marseille are in this Ligue 1 title fight until the finish.
Their 6-1 triumph at Toulouse was the joint-biggest away win margin achieved by anyone in the division in 2014/15 and, if they follow it with a 12th home league success in 14, they will close to within a point of the current leaders.
Lyon have won just one in five on their travels and have struck only once on their three trips to top-five foes, hinting that value lies in the 11/5 that Marcelo Bielsa’s hosts earn a statement-sending win to nil.
Real Madrid v Levante
Levante have scratched their way out of the relegation zone with three victories in five, though that is unlikely to help them at the Bernabeu because they were all achieved at home, whereas they have lost six out of six on the road in 2015.
Real Madrid haven’t dropped a single point in their dozen La Liga showdowns with the nine sides on 29 points or less, while Levante were defeated by an 18-1 aggregate score in four skirmishes with the top three, folding 5-0 at home to the ten-time European champions.
One of the most interesting prices for this match is 21/20 on over 4.5 goals, as this bet has paid out in eight of Real’s clashes with bottom-half teams already, as well as all of Levante’s jousts with them or Barcelona this term.